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Trina testing lab receives TÜV service certificate

TUV Rheinland PV module inspection

Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory Testing Center has received the TÜV Rheinland Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service Certificate. Trina is the first solar company to receive the recognition.

Duke Energy signs 20-year PPA for 20 MW project in Indiana

Duke Energy

The largest electric power utility in the United States has committed to purchase power from three solar developers for four Indiana communities.

Brazil: Pure Energy secures $10 million for new module fab

Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

Brazilian development bank BNDES is financing 75% of the reported $17 million, 40 MW-capacity project in the northern state of Alagoas. The decision marks the first time the bank has financed a PV module factory.

Chinese exporters receive boost from US Commerce Department

US-China flags

More than 20 Chinese PV manufacturers could benefit from dramatically lowered dumping margins following the Commerce Department's administrative review of AD duties covering 2012-2013.

Solar overwhelmingly popular in US, says Harvard scientist

Solar rooftop installation.

Professor's 12-year study finds attitudes towards solar and wind energy among Americans largely positive, with natural gas viewed as a 'make-do' fuel until renewables more mainstream.

New development schemes boost solar across India

India's Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha commissions a 30 kW PV plant in New Delhi on December 23, 2014.

The Ministry of Defence, India Railways and the state government of Maharashtra have unveiled new policies and plans that will boost solar development throughout the country over the next five years.

California: Gov. Brown calls for 50% renewables, more PV in Golden State

California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers inaugural address in Sacramento on Jan. 5, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called for the state's electric utilities to boost their renewable energy procurements to 50% of retail electric sales and discussed future initiatives to support rooftop solar, battery...

India blacklists two domestic solar companies

Indian flag

Veddis Solars, one of the companies on the blacklist, is challenging the decision in court. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy says the move is related to delays in carrying out tendered projects.

Canadian Solar sells utility solar plants to RET Capital

Ontario Canada, Canadian Solar

The Ontario-based solar company oversaw turnkey engineering, procurement and construction and will also provide operations and maintenance services for the projects.

Dyesol to commercialize perovskite cells in Turkey

Dyesol cell

The successful completion of a pilot line phase would lead to the start of mass manufacturing in 2018, according to plans by Dyesol and Turkish partner Nesli DSC.

Saudi Electricity taps GE for 600 MW integrated power plant

Saudi Arabia Rub al Khalid desert

The Green Duba project marks Saudi Arabia's first integration of concentrated solar power in a combined cycle plant. The parabolic trough installation will generate 50 MW of the plant's total 600 MW of capacity.

Hanwha SolarOne to supply 80 MW in Chile

Hanwha SolarOne PV production

The solar installations will be powered by Hanwha SolarOne's new polycrystalline module generation, the HSL S Series. The news follows announced figures in Chile showing an impressive 50-fold increase in completed PV projects...

Sonnedix consortium closes deal for 86 MW PV plant in South Africa

Landscape in Northern Cape, near Steinkopf, South Africa

Selected as part of South Africa's Renewable Energy Procurement Program, the project is to be built in the coming months in the Northern Cape. Juwi Renewable Energies is handling EPC services and South African utitlity Eskom is...

India ups solar investment pledge to $100bn by 2022

Indian PV installation.

Pro-solar PM Narendra Modi instructs officials to target 100 GW of PV by 2022, with more than $100 billion steered towards solar.

Shared renewables programs move towards reality in California

Under the rules set by California regulators the state's three large private utilities will put online 600 MW, with PG&E and SCE to take around 270 MW each.

Enel puts 136 MW of solar PV on line in Chile

Enel has completed two solar PV projects in Northern Chile, as well as the final phase of a third. These three are part of an uptick in operational PV capacity reported by Chilean authorities.

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